Rhodes to step down as GPSA CEO

Grain Producers SA has begun the search for a new Chief Executive Officer following the resignation of current CEO Caroline Rhodes, who will leave the organisation in late 2021 to pursue other opportunities.

Speaking on behalf of the GPSA Board, Chair Adrian McCabe paid tribute to Ms Rhodes’ service to the organisation since her appointment in April 2018.

“Caroline has progressed the organisation to a professional advocacy group, representing the interests of South Australian grain producers with distinction,” he said.

“We are well placed heading into the 2022 State Election, given the standing GPSA now has with all sides of politics.

“The organisation’s crowning achievement during Caroline’s term was to repeal the moratorium on GM crops across mainland South Australia after 16 years, with growers being able to access GM seed for the first time this year.

“This was a hard-fought campaign which secured bipartisan support and the backing of industry groups from across Australia.

“Through a highly collaborative process, she helped GPSA lead the development of the SA Grain Industry Blueprint launched last year, which will now focus our efforts in supporting industry development to 2030.

“GPSA has now established a clear purpose and a bold vision to create a $6 billion industry, with the opportunity for new leadership to make their mark on the organisation going forward.”  

Mr McCabe said there had also been a focus to improve GPSA’s operations and governance during Ms Rhodes’ tenure, including constitutional changes adopted by members two years ago. 

“GPSA’s corporate branding, office accommodation and internal structures were all refreshed, while new projects were initiated despite poor seasons impacting revenue,” he said.

Ms Rhodes thanked the GPSA Board for the opportunity to serve as CEO over the past three years and for backing the development of the GPSA Emerging Leaders Program.

“I have enjoyed the challenge in leading GPSA and I am immensely proud of my legacy as CEO, building a great team of people to help the industry prosper,” she said.

GPSA will now engage an external firm to recruit a CEO, which is expected to commence immediately.

Further information about the role will be made available via the GPSA website.


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